Studies have shown that it is healthier to eat less meat – only two portions are week are enough. Also, it is strongly in favour of our planet to reduce our meat consume, as resources are saved when less animals are kept. These and more reasons contribute to the steady growth of the vegetarian community – those among us who decide not to eat meat, but will have dairy products, eggs and, in some cases, also fish. Sounds boring to you, considering you’re in the city of Currywursts and Turkish kebaps? Actually, it’s not, and we have gathered some restaurants that will prove just this.
Sensual and Mediterranean
At the beautiful Bistro Bardot, which is located in the trendy Hotel Almodóvar, upscale Spanish food is served in a fabulous ambience. Known for their great tapas, this restaurants uses only organic products and will buy regional ingredients whenever possible. Their “enoteca” offers a wide variety of wines to choose from so your food will be perfectly accompanied. Check out their website for more details.
Spicy Mexican Fiesta
If you’re after something different, go to Burrito Baby and try what their website calls “mextralian” street food. Burritos, tacos and quesadillas are served with soy alternatives to meat, allowing you to freely choose anything from the menu. Best of all, the vibrant Kreuzberg location is affordable, too!
Off meat and bored by the usual veggie alternatives? Momos serves Himalayan dumplings with lovely fillings. Not only are these a great change to what we usually eat, but delicious and organic too! Marc and Martin, the owners, were inspired on a trip to Nepal, where, according to them, they ate them all the time and with all sorts of dips (read the full story here). So go ahead and try something new!
This place is all about all food-related topics: Natural’Mente in Charlottenburg serves food, teaches cookery classes and give lectures (for example, on macrobiotic nutrition). Make sure to join some of this program if your time allows it. If not, try some of the food on their weekly menu. (Note: the restaurant is closed on weekends!) All food is prepared with organic ingredients by following macrobiotic methods and, as this Mekka of veggie food has been around for more than twenty years, they know what they are doing!
By the riverside
Located beautifully right next to the river Spree, The Lab Kitchen is one of the most popular vegetarian restaurants in Berlin. In fact, they don’t have a website, as word of mouth is all they need. (However, you can find out more on Facebook.) The concept was developed for a sports good manufacturer, but the creator liked it so much she opened this place herself! Now she serves veggie, vegan, raw and sometimes paleo food.
As you can see, there is a lot of ways you can be happy and veggie and a variety of cuinies that include vegetarian dishes. Gone are the days of dry tofu patties! Find your favourite and feel good with your choice of food!